Bryan Adams was very vocal on Instagram about his opinions about the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The singer pointed fingers at wet markets in China as the source of the virus and blamed them for putting his concerts on hold. He put out an apology soon after but the damage of his words was already done.
Bryan Adam’s Called Out “Bat Eating” People As The Source Of His Frustration
Adam’s posted a clip of his original song “Cuts Like A Knife.” The title of his song is ironic considering the harsh language in the caption of the post certainly did cut like a knife. “Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some f*cking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus.” This is in reference to Chinese wet markets in which wild species, including a variety of species of bat, are often sold. It was originally believed that these wet markets were havens in providing opportunities for viruses to move from one species to another.
Wet markets get their name from the wet floors that are constantly washed due to animal blood and melting ice leaking everywhere. He continued on to say “My message to them other than ‘thanks a f*cking lot’ is go vegan. To all the people missing out on our shows, I wish I could be there more than you know. It’s been great hanging out in isolation with my children and family, but I miss my other family, my band, my crew, and my fans.” His words definitely came off as harsh as he basically blamed non-vegan people in China eating from wet markets for the virus.
Fans Were Not Too Happy With Adams’ Choice Of Words
Adams’ garnered a lot of negative attention with the way he placed blame specifically on one group of people. One tweet said “Dear @bryanadams, you might have just lost 99% of the ppl who would have bought tickets for your shows, but fear not, you’ll still have your racist friends sticking by you and calling you a legend…like Katie Hopkins.. All is not lost..except your reputation and career.” He is obviously particularly angry that he had to cancel his concerts. But, so did a ton of other artists in the music industry. And let’s be real here, if he wanted to help with coronavirus relief efforts, there are more than enough charities to donate to. People are really out there struggling to pay for meals and necessities.
Another Twitter user said “Jesus Christ. @bryanadams just burnt his entire legacy to the ground with one post. I grew up listening to the guy, my mother and aunts were obsessed. Shame. A real damn shame.” It seems like Adams did not anticipate that his actions would have consequences. People definitely have differing opinions bout how the virus started, as well as what caused it. However, that does not make it ok to call people “greedy bastards.” And his solution to the coronavirus pandemic, veganism, definitely won’t solve all of the world’s problems right now. “So Bryan Adams is like…SUPER super racist. Good to know,” said another Twitter user.
Adam’s Also Posted An Apology Along With Another Song
After his first video and rant went viral, of course he had to post an apology. He said, “Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday. No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet-markets being the possible source of the virus, and promote veganism. I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world.” Does anyone else think this is not that great of an apology? It’s literally just him reiterating his views about wet markets and placing blame on the same group of people in China. And again, his solution to the coronavirus pandemic is to promote veganism.
The top comment on the post really hits the nail on the head. One Instagram user wrote “Hey we are all missing our lives currently. But right now the world doesn’t need your racist views and options. Pls be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Having tantrums on IG just divides us, when we need to be more tolerant.” This is exactly right because this is the time where everyone needs to come together and lean on each other. The only way we will get through this is if everyone cooperates with each other. Since Adams has such a huge following, anything he says is going to make waves.
Bryan Adams can use his platform instead to tell people to donate to charities or make singing videos that give people hope during this difficult time. Other celebrities like Rihanna, Simon Cowell and Leonardo DiCaprio are all stepping up to lend a hand. This is the kind of support that celebrities need to lend to this devastating pandemic.